The size–frequency distribution of dormant Jupiter family comets

  title={The size–frequency distribution of dormant Jupiter family comets},
  author={Kathryn Whitman and Alessandro Morbidelli and Robert Jedicke},

Figures and Tables from this paper

Secular orbital evolution of Jupiter family comets
Context. The issue of the long term dynamics of Jupiter family comets (JFCs) involves uncertain assumptions about the physical evolution and lifetimes of these comets. Contrary to what is often
ExploreNEOs. VIII. Dormant Short-period Comets in the Near-Earth Asteroid Population
We perform a search for dormant comets, asteroidal objects of cometary origin, in the near-Earth asteroid (NEA) population based on dynamical and physical considerations. Our study is based on
Thermal properties, sizes, and size distribution of Jupiter-family cometary nuclei
The Transformation of Centaurs into Jupiter-family Comets
Centaurs are an ephemeral class of objects that can evolve into Jupiter-family comets (or JFCs) due to gravitational perturbations from the giant planets. In this work, we use numerical integration
Did Saturn's rings form during the Late Heavy Bombardment?
The Irregular Satellites: The Most Collisionally Evolved Populations in the Solar System
The known irregular satellites of the giant planets are dormant comet-like objects that reside on stable prograde and retrograde orbits in a realm where planetary perturbations are only slightly


The population, magnitudes, and sizes of Jupiter family comets
We analyze the sample of measured nuclear magni- tudes of the observed Jupiter family (JF) comets (taken as those with orbital periods P 2). We find a tendency of the measured nuclear magnitudes to
The Evolution of Long-Period Comets
We study the evolution of long-period comets by numerical integration of their orbits, a more realistic dynamical approach than the Monte Carlo and analytic methods previously used to study this
The size distribution of Jupiter Family comet nuclei
We present an updated cumulative size distribution (CSD) for Jupiter Family comet (JFC) nuclei, including a rigorous assessment of the uncertainty on the slope of the CSD. The CSD is expressed as a
From the Kuiper Belt to Jupiter-Family Comets: The Spatial Distribution of Ecliptic Comets☆
Abstract We present numerical orbital integrations of thousands of massless particles as they evolve from Neptune-encountering orbits in the Kuiper belt for up to 1 Gyr or until they either impact a
The magnitude distribution, perihelion distribution and flux of long-period comets
The mass distribution and perihelion distribution of long-period comets are re-assessed. The mass distribution index is found to be 1.598±0.016, indicating that the distribution is somewhat steeper
The Collisional Evolution of the Asteroid Belt and Its Contribution to the Zodiacal Cloud
We present a number of results from a numerical model of asteroid collisional evolution. Our results verify those of Dohnanyi (1969,J. Geophys. Res.74,2531–2554) and allow us to place constraints on
The sizes, shapes, albedos, and colors of cometary nuclei
05.12. Cornell Univ., Ithaca, New York. Toth I., Lamy P. L., and Weaver H. A. (2003) Hubble Space Tele- scope observations of the nucleus fragment 73P/Schwassmann- Wachmann 3-B. Bull. Am. Astron.
Shaping the Kuiper belt size distribution by shattering large but strengthless bodies
The Yarkovsky-driven origin of near-Earth asteroids